Call to Action # 80: Actions and Commitments

Fed. Govt.


June 3, 2021


Timelines for Bill C-369

Timelines for Bill C-369

June 15, 2017 – Bill C-369 “An Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Aboriginal Day)” introduced for First reading. The Bill when – and if – passed will make National Aboriginal Day a statutory holiday.

June 21, 2017 – Officially changed National Aboriginal Day to National Indigenous People’s Day.

Sept. 26, 2018 – Bill C-369 passed second reading with a vote of 202 in favour and 79 against. It will now be studied by the federal heritage committee.

Feb. 9, 2019 – “Bill C-369 An Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation)”. This enactment amends certain Acts to make National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, observed on September 30, a holiday.

Purpose
0.‍1 The purpose of this Act is to fulfill the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action # 80 by creating a federal holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation which seeks to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools, and other atrocities committed against First Nation, Inuit and Metis people, remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Mar. 20, 2019 – Bill C-369 passed through its final reading in the House of Commons last Wednesday. It will now go before the Senate before it becomes law. National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is proposed for Sept. 30 — also known as Orange Shirt Day which commemorates generations of children who attended residential schools. (CBC)

June 21, 2019 – Bill C – 369 died in the Senate after the Conservatives stalled debate on any private member’s bill. “Any bill that hasn’t passed by the time the election is called —whether a private members’ bill or government legislation—would have to be reintroduced in the next Parliament by whoever forms government.” “Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez’ office says instead of having the stat holiday, the government will fund “local Indigenous events” that day, but gave no indication this is a proposal they’ll push to revive in the future”. (CTV News).

Sept.29, 2020 – Bill C-369 “An Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation)” has been re-introduced as Bill C-5

June 3, 2021 – Bill C-5 “An Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation)” a bill that designates Sept. 30 as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation passed in the Senate and received Royal Assent. The federal government picked Sept. 30 because it already coincides with Orange Shirt Day, federal Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault said. Orange Shirt Day is an annual unofficial commemoration of survivors and victims of residential schools.